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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 1st November 2001.

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Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party, Perth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the UK; what the average salary is for each grade; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Minister (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

The details are set out in the tables.

Table 1: Number of staff by grade level and nation/region
Whole-time equivalent
Government office region All grades SCS level Level 6/7 SEO/HEO level EO level AO/AA level Industrial/ Other grade
London 14,678 89 339 1,239 4,891 8,094 27
South East 10,841 (19) 39 483 3,591 6,601 126
South West 8,098 (19) 31 412 2,476 5,125 51
West Midlands 10,956 5 45 542 3,383 6,980 (19)
North West 17,990 15 204 1,276 5,098 11,058 340
North East 13,693 17 122 937 3,384 9,163 70
Merseyside 5,722 (19) 26 236 1,677 3,780 (19)
Yorkshire and Humberside 12,739 37 278 1,637 4,367 6,415 4
East Midlands 5,818 (19) 27 263 1,870 3,652 5
Eastern 5,286 (19) 16 185 1,519 3,565 (19)
England total 105,821 167 1,127 7,210 32,256 64,433 627
Wales 6,490 (19) 26 303 2,065 3,999 94
Scotland 13,822 (19) 64 652 4,259 8,642 201
Great Britain total 126,133 173 1,217 8,165 38,580 77,074 922
Northern Ireland 8 (20) (20) (20) (20) (20) 8
Grand total 126,141 173 1,217 8,165 38,580 77,074 930

(19) Because there are three or fewer staff in this category the numbers have not been separately identified

(20) Staff numbers for Northern Ireland have not been identified by grade because the small numbers in each category could potentially identify individuals and their salaries

Notes:

1. The staff data from which these figures derive are as at 31 August 2001 as this represents the correct staffing position of DWP, which was formed in June 2001. Earlier DSS data are not comparable.

2. Employment service staff are included.

3. War Pensions Agency Staff are included as they remain within the overall DWP administrative structure pro-tem even though WPA is now technically part of the Ministry of Defence.

4. Casual and other staff on temporary contracts are included.

5. The grade groupings include specialist staff such as accountants, lawyers and auditors in their "generalist" grade equivalent.

6. Because the staffing make-up of DWP is different from the DSS, the figures above are not comparable with those provided for DSS in Civil Service Statistics 2000.

Table 2: Percentage of staffing numbers
Government office region All grades SCS level Level 6/7 SEO/HEO level EO level AO/AA level Industrial/ other grades
London 12 51 28 15 13 11 3
South East 9 (21) 3 6 9 9 14
South West 6 (21) 3 5 6 7 5
West Midlands 9 3 4 7 9 9 (21)
North West 14 9 17 16 13 14 37
North East 11 10 10 11 9 12 8
Merseyside 5 (21) 2 3 4 5 (21)
Yorkshire and Humberside 10 21 23 20 11 8 0
East Midlands 5 (21) 2 3 5 5 1
Eastern 4 (21) 1 2 4 5 (21)
England total 84 97 93 88 84 84 67
Wales 5 (21) 2 4 5 5 10
Scotland 11 (21) 5 8 11 11 22
Great Britain total 100 100 100 100 100 100 99
Northern Ireland (22) (22) (22) (22) (22) (22) 1
Grand total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

(21) Because there are three or fewer staff in this category the numbers have not been separately identified

(22) Staff numbers for Northern Ireland have not been identified by grade because the small numbers in each category could potentially identify individuals and their salaries

Notes:

1. The staff data from which these figures derive are as at 31 August 2001 as this represents the correct staffing position of DWP, which was formed in June 2001. Earlier DSS data are not comparable.

2. Employment service staff are included.

3. War Pensions Agency Staff are included as they remain within the overall DWP administrative structure pro-tem even though WPA is now technically part of the Ministry of Defence.

4. Casual and other staff on temporary contracts are included.

5. The grade groupings include specialist staff such as accountants, lawyers and auditors in their "generalist" grade equivalent.

6. Because the staffing make-up of DWP is different from the DSS, the figures above are not comparable with those provided for DSS in Civil Service Statistics 2000.

Table 3: Average staff salary by grade level and nation/region
£
Government office region All grades SCS level Level 6/7 SEO/HEO level EO level AO/AA level Industrial/ other grades
London 19,129 67,853 44,551 27,470 20,864 15,218 14,023
South East 15,855 (23) 37,432 24,639 19,311 13,295 11,248
South West 15,456 (23) 38,344 24,319 18,703 13,053 12,272
West Midlands 15,577 57,022 39,766 24,451 19,037 13,026 (23)
North West 15,709 63,875 45,557 25,368 18,611 12,760 11,777
North East 15,283 63,371 41,354 24,769 18,408 12,749 11,923
Merseyside 15,191 (23) 40,163 24,412 18,644 12,914 (23)
Yorkshire and Humberside 17,339 63,778 39,350 25,012 18,932 13,081 11,113
East Midlands 15,777 (23) 38,524 24,275 19,168 13,253 11,934
Eastern 15,672 (23) 39,368 24,635 19,580 13,423 (23)
England total 16,280 65,641 42,177 25,303 19,184 13,280 11,814
Wales 15,564 (23) 38,605 24,381 18,604 13,261 11,291
Scotland 15,395 (23) 39,509 24,477 18,740 12,951 11,440
Great Britain total 16,146 65,526 41,960 25,200 19,104 13,242 11,666
Northern Ireland 16,389 (24) (24) (24) (24) (24) (24)
Grand total 16,146 65,526 41,960 25,200 19,105 13,243 11,685

(23) Because there are three or fewer staff in this category the average salary has not been separately identified.

(24) Average salaries for Northern Ireland have not been identified by grade because the small numbers in each category could potentially identify individuals and their salaries.

Notes:

1. Average salaries include basic salary and job-based allowances, but not payments relating to working outside normal hours eg overtime, nor employer's National Insurance and Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme contributions.

2. The figures indicate averages and not the mean; calculation of the mean would have presented significant additional data processing attracting disproportionate costs.

3. The staff data from which these figures derive are as at 31 August 2001, as this represents the correct staffing position of DWP which was formed in June 2001. Earlier DSS data are not comparable.

4. Employment Service staff are included.

5. War Pensions Agency Staff are included as they remain within the overall DWP administrative structure pro-tem even though WPA is now technically part of the Ministry of Defence.

6. Casual and other staff on temporary contracts are included.

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